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06-25-2012 11:33 AM
JoeDiver
Re: Good Learning to Sail Books?

Since I'm on an inland lake, I have no need for charts at this time....but I did download the free PDF's for NOAA Chart 1, USCG Navigation Rules, Texas Water Safety Act....and mailed them to my Kindle email so they'd convert and load to the Kindle....in fact, I've done this with all my manuals for the boat...owners, parts, radio, motor, etc....although, I'm not real impressed with the presentation of PDFs....they're usable in a pinch when you need to look something up or reference it....but an actual converted Kindle book is much, MUCH better.

I also have a bunch of "nautical" classics....Seven Seas Tales, Captain Cook's stuff, Treasure Island...and many, many more....all FREE....
06-24-2012 11:53 PM
ShoalFinder
Re: Good Learning to Sail Books?

Joe, I love the Kindle as well. There are a ton of great sailing-related books available for it and the prices are great. I have several knot books on my kindle as well, and the kindle is awesome for bookmarking favorite knots like sinnets that I don't do often enough to remember how to start.

Do you have some recommendations for charts and nav books you mentioned?
06-23-2012 09:34 PM
JoeDiver
Re: Good Learning to Sail Books?

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Originally Posted by ShoalFinder View Post
The Complete Sailor. I got mine for the Kindle.
I have the Kindle version of this book too....I sure wish they'd do a version of the Annapolis Book.

I also have the Kindle version of Boatowner's Illustrated Electrical Handbook, The Blue Book of Sailing and a bunch of other sailing "free" books on knots, weather, marlinspike seamanship, classics, all my manuals, Chart 1, CG Navigation....quite a collection.

I'm VERY happy with my Kindle...I have almost 500 books on it now!
06-23-2012 02:26 PM
miatapaul
Re: Good Learning to Sail Books?

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Originally Posted by Slayer View Post
Here is a great book. It gives you an overview of many aspects of sailing. I constantly use it as a referece or refresher.

Amazon.com: The Complete Sailor: Learning the Art of Sailing (9780070571310): David Seidman: Books
+1 very good book. sections are short so it makes good reading in bed, you can read a section or two and then fall asleep and dream about sailing. Each lesson is only a page or two, with lots of illustrations.
06-23-2012 11:10 AM
Capt.aaron
Re: Good Learning to Sail Books?

I've seen Sailing for Dummies teach a lot of smart people the basics.
06-23-2012 10:59 AM
Slayer
Re: Good Learning to Sail Books?

Here is a great book. It gives you an overview of many aspects of sailing. I constantly use it as a referece or refresher.

Amazon.com: The Complete Sailor: Learning the Art of Sailing (9780070571310): David Seidman: Books Amazon.com: The Complete Sailor: Learning the Art of Sailing (9780070571310): David Seidman: Books


06-23-2012 09:55 AM
svHyLyte
Re: Good Learning to Sail Books?

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Originally Posted by Kalina-Lona View Post
Hello All,

I'm sure this has been asked before...but I can't find where. I'm looking to purchase a good book on the skills of sailing! Done the library thing and found a lot on Amazon, but still haven't found that right resource.

There must be one book that covers most of our needs...detailed, easy reading and enjoyable.

Your thoughts are appreciated.

Cheers,

Ron

Click on:
Amazon.com: Sailing for Dummies (0785555550391): J. J. Isler, Peter Isler: Books Amazon.com: Sailing for Dummies (0785555550391): J. J. Isler, Peter Isler: Books


06-23-2012 09:42 AM
ShoalFinder
Re: Good Learning to Sail Books?

The Complete Sailor. I got mine for the Kindle. Much of it is exactly the same as the textbook I got when I took my sailing lessons (US Sailing - Basic Keelboat) but goes further on some topics. I think the explanations and diagrams in The Complete Sailor are better in many instances.
06-23-2012 09:17 AM
PennellFSA
Good Learning to Sail Books?

The American Sailing Association series is good for sailing fundamentals. I also recommend Chapmans for all thing about seamanship.
06-23-2012 07:41 AM
DonScribner
Re: Good Learning to Sail Books?

Ron,

I find the aforementioned (always wanted to use that word) book a little technical for what it seems you are looking for. I suggest . . . Sailing for Dummies. No, really. If you're really just starting out, they really dumb down the subject matter to an understandable level so you aren't scrubbing your brain for the correct terminology. Get comfortable with the concepts, then move up to ABOS. Grab a book on sail trim too.
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